by Grace Gámez, Ph.D. | Earlier this month, I traveled to Montgomery, Alabama, to attend the 2019 FreeHer conference – a gathering of system-involved women organized and hosted by The National Council of Formerly Incarcerated Women and Girls. The conference was kicked off with a visit to the […]
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On Chuck Ryan’s Last Day as ADC Director, Thank the Families Across Arizona Who Forced Him into Retirement
by AFSC-AZ Staff | For over 40 years, including more than a decade as Director of the Arizona Department of Corrections (ADC), Charles “Chuck” Ryan remained mired in an outdated “custody-and-control” model of corrections that stubbornly rejected advances in the field toward rehabilitation and reform. Ryan’s unfortunate legacy […]
ReFraming Justice Leaders Craft Proposal to Restore Public Trust in Arizona’s Department of Corrections
by AFSC-AZ Staff | Two volunteer leaders of our ReFraming Justice project have released a detailed legislative proposal for the creation of a new body of public oversight that would help reshape and reform state prisons. John Fabricius and Travis Hiland, both of whom are directly impacted by […]
By AFSC-AZ Staff | Coming on the heels of public outrage and demands for his resignation, most recently at last week’s Arizona State Prison Town Hall, organized by American Friends Service Committee-Arizona (AFSC-AZ), today Arizona Department of Corrections (ADC) Director Chuck Ryan announced his retirement. We are grateful […]
By Caroline Isaacs, AFSC-AZ Program Director | This week, in a move that seemed to shock even themselves, the Denver City Council voted against renewing two multimillion-dollar contracts with GEO Group and CoreCivic, the two largest private prison companies in the U.S. What may surprise many is that the contracts in […]
By AFSC-AZ Staff | At last week’s Arizona State Prison Town Hall, organized by American Friends Service Committee-Arizona (AFSC-AZ) and LUCHA, hundreds gathered to tell story after story of neglect, suffering, abuse, and preventable deaths inside the Arizona Department of Corrections (ADC). As Phoenix New Times reported, as […]
by AFSC-AZ Staff | News broke over the weekend of a crisis at the state prison complex in Douglas, leaving incarcerated people there without water for days. Meanwhile, a continuing investigation by ABC15 revealed last week incidents of fires being set at the Lewis complex in Buckeye, with […]